Vikings win

North Wilkes’ McKenzie Johnson hits a ball past Millennium Charter’s Caroline Reid (20) and Lydia Horton in the Vikings’ 3-0 win over the Lions on Monday evening in Hays.

North Wilkes’ volleyball team continued its winning streak on Tuesday afternoon as Vikings defeated the Lions of Millennium Charter Academy 3-0 in nonconference play in Hays.

The Vikings took an early lead on the Lions in the first set when Millennium Charter called a timeout to regroup after trailing 12-2. North Wilkes continued their rally allowing only four more points to end the first game 25-6.

Samantha Smith, who is in her second year as head coach, was happy with her team’s play and continued to see improvement on both offense and defense.

Savannah Royall, a senior, led the team with four assists and had a good showing as one of the team’s leading server.

“They all played very well,” Smith said. “We did a good job offensively and defensively we were where we needed to be. We are working and learning more on how to read the play and this has helped us. Our servers did well tonight, and I thought Savannah (Royall) set the ball well.”

Leading the second set 23-12, the Lions were called for an illegal substitution and the Vikings were one point away when Chasity Stamper served an ace to seal the second consecutive win in the match.

North Wilkes (3-1) continued their dominance in the third and final set as they jumped out front with a 10-3 lead. The Vikings ended the match with a towering 25-5 win, while allowing Millennium Charter only 23 points scored in the match.

The Vikings had a total of seven aces — three from Stamper and Shelby Roal and Stacie Shumate with two apiece. Makayla Cornelius had two assists while Rachel Winkler and Shumate had one each.

North Wilkes will return to action on Tuesday when its hosts the Mitchell Mountaineers.

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